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ART IS POWER
TOP-RATED CULTURAL NON PROFIT
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Art is a vehicle for engagement, collaboration, and impact. Our team of curators & educators are ready to create your custom plan to help unlock the power of art to connect, inspire, and engage. As one of the leading non profit organizations in the country, we collaborate with partners in transforming their spaces and delivering creative experiences & support, connecting and uplifting through the power of art. With IPaintMyMind, artists earn, businesses engage, and local schools get the arts programming they deserve.

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IPaintMyMind

A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit.

For 12+ years IPaintMyMind has worked to connect people through the power of art by championing a unique development and operational model. As a Top-Rated Nonprofit, we take pride in the testimonials we’ve received from our clients and partners. We are a connection. By providing best-in-class corporate art services that fund art programs for schools, teachers, and students, we’ve impacted lives through the empowering nature of art, access, and community. We thank our partners who make it all possible, as we work together to transform people and spaces through the power of art.

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WHY

Because the arts are underfunded in schools, teachers have little to work with, and art is an incredible vehicle for delivering value. We believe that art does more than beautify, it changes us. We also believe that a truly equitable society provides creative inspiration and opportunities to everyone, no matter what neighborhood they’re from. In our 10+ year history, we’ve learned that art is an incredible tool for discovering the potential inside us all.

Artists need opportunities to earn, companies are looking for unique ways to engage employees & give back to their communities, and art programs and teachers need more support every year. It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN!

Our model ensures that every time we execute a corporate art project, we can self-fund and deliver art program to the schools that need it most.

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What

IPaintMyMind is an art agency made up of creative do-gooders who live at the intersection of art and community. We create, curate, produce, and deliver art services and programs that fund the majority of our FREE and low-cost art programs for schools and underserved communities. As a nonprofit, we’re innovative and agile. As partners, we’re kind, attentive, creative, and fun.

IPaintMyMind is a way of wondering about new ways to connect people through art as it is any one initiative or service. What creative challenges can we solve together?

Whether working with artists, businesses, schools and local communities, or art lovers, IPaintMyMind is your trusted guide, helping you to create connection through the universal power of art.

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How

Through a self-funded sustainable nonprofit development model that prioritizes art services ahead of donations & grants, we provide businesses with the chance to give back while outfitting their space with art, engaging employees, and being creative, collaborative, and aware.

Our Wheel of Impact prioritizes support of artists through paying projects, engagement of corporate client through value-generating art services, and direct delivery and co-creation of arts programs with educators and school administrators.

IPaintMyMind is thrilled to be a Gold Rated Guidestar nonprofit arts organization as well as a Top rated Nonprofit 5 years running on GreatNonprofits.org, qualifying us as a one of the top rated arts and culture nonprofit organizations in the country, and which is measure ONLY through direct feedback from the communities we serve.

25,000
CHICAGO
RESIDENTS

engaged citywide

160+
BUSINESSES &
COMMUNITIES

provided with exhibitions, experiences,
programs

$150,000+
PAID TO
ARTISTS DIRECTLY

for art, murals, commissions

10+
YEARS

community collaboration

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What We Do

CORPORATE ART SERVICES

Since 2012, IPaintMyMind has proved that art has the power to elevate spaces, experiences, and companies as a whole. And in 2023, employers need to make offices worth having while bringing their teams together through a mix of inspiring work and great employee engagement.

By partnering with IPaintMyMind, you can do just that. Turn custom murals, rotating art rentals, corporate art events and even charitable giving, into a magnet for your growing company.

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Principals, Art Teachers, School Advocates and Parents! Look no further than IPaintMyMind, the nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the visual arts in schools nationwide. We support art teachers and local schools with targeted resources that turns art into a catalyst for your kids.

Click to learn more about our Art Lesson Plan Book PDF (21 Lesson Plans and Worksheets for $49), Screen printing Workshops, In-School Art Programs, our Not Just Dead White Guys Coloring Book.

Also enjoy the various FREE RESOURCES available through our Blog and Newsletter!

Our Team

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EVAN LA RUFFA

Founder & Executive Director

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BRIAN FLANNERY

Founding Board Member

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JOSH HOEKWATER

Board Chair

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ROXY PIERSANTI

Board Member

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CHEVY WILLIAMS

Impact Advisor

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SAM KIRK

Impact Advisor

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WENDY BONHAM-CARTER

Marketing Director

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KAITLYN ROBERTS

Senior Project Manager & Design Lead

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LILLIE THERIEAU

Editor & Content Strategist

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ABEL ARCINIEGA

Lead Photographer

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JIM HOURICAN

Finance Director & Controller

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FERRY PRIMA

Video Editor

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DRE RODRIGUEZ

Videographer / Photographer

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CLIENT

Testimonials

Working with Evan and IPaintMyMind has been nothing but a great experience for myself and for Altair. Evan as an artist is beyond talented but he is also great at running his nonprofit. I look forward to continuing to partner with Evan and IPMM. If you haven’t heard of IPMM, check them out!

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SOLVING A PROBLEM, MEETING A NEED

Kids with an Arts Education are 5x less Likely to Drop Out.

For some bizarre reason, fully funded public education has somehow become a political football. It’s terrible too, because these budget cuts aren’t theoretical. They eliminate real programs that students and teachers rely on. Unfortunately, the arts are often the first line item to get axed, leaving entire regions of the city with schools that lack an art supplies budget, much less an art teacher. At IPaintMyMind, our model creates the margins to fight back against the defunding of our schools by putting the power in our partner’s hands.

And as a nonprofit with a unique model in which we are able to self-fund the programs we deliver, the only way to measure our mission is through the words and feedback of the communities we serve. If we’ve worked together, we encourage you to click the link ans provide your testimonial as well.

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